Minneapolis Theft Defense Lawyer
Facing theft charges can be a truly devastating experience. You likely are facing a whole range of challenging emotions – fear, embarrassment, frustration and so forth. No matter how trying this situation may be for you (or for a member of your family), there is one course of action that you must take in a timely manner: You must seek the guidance, advice and representation of a qualified, experienced and proven criminal defense lawyer. Judith A. Samson understands what it takes to provide you the most formidable and effective defense to theft charges … in both misdemeanor and felony cases.
Selecting a Criminal Defense Lawyer: Experience is Fundamental
The laws governing theft cases are complex. Maneuvering through the court system in Minnesota is not something that can be left to a novice. You must have a Minneapolis theft lawyer on your side that has extensive experience. Judith A. Samson has a significant track record in successfully representing men and women from all walks of life you have found themselves facing theft charges. Because of this extensive experience, Judith can fight for you to ensure that you obtain the best possible resolution of your case – even if you have a prior record.
Effective Criminal Defense Attorney in All Types of Theft Cases
Judith A. Samson provides a full array of legal services in her role as a criminal defense attorney. She has experience and stands prepared to assist you in regard to any type of theft charge, including:
- Credit card theft
- Damage to Property
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Theft by swindle
Theft is the act of a person taking property without the owner’s permission and/or consent. It applies to money, services, or property.
Facing theft charges can be devastating to the accused person, and the consequences can last a long time. It can impact the individual’s ability to find a job, a place to live, qualify for a credit card or loan, and more.
The Minnesota law classifies theft charges from misdemeanor to felony offenses. The punishment will also vary according to the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime, the value of the stolen property, and the individual’s history.
Types Theft Crimes in Minnesota
Theft charges are broad and can be committed in many ways. Knowing the various forms of theft out there can help you understand what you are up against. The Minnesota law determines theft as an offense that involves the unlawful acquisition of property or services.
Here are some examples, but are not limited to:
- Felony theft
- Receiving stolen goods with the knowledge that they were stolen
- White collar crimes that involve mortgage fraud, bribery, forgery, embezzlement, wire fraud, mail fraud, and many others
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Theft by swindle
- Damage to property
Theft Charges in Minnesota
Theft charges in Minnesota vary from misdemeanor to felony, all according to the value of what was stolen. The penalties can also vary.
- Property valued under $500 – Theft of property or services valued no more than $500. Penalties can include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
Gross Misdemeanor Theft
- Property valued $500 to $1,000 – Theft of property or services valued at over $500 but not more than $1,000. Penalties can include a fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to one year in jail.
- Property valued $1,000 to $5,000 – Theft of property or services valued between $1,000 and $5,000, theft of a Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance, theft of property or services valued between $500 and $1,000 when the person has a similar, prior conviction within the past 5 years, or theft of property valued under $1,000 when it is taken from a grave, corpse, or coffin; is a court or public record; is taken during a disaster or riot, or is a motor vehicle. Penalties can include up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
- Property valued more than $5,000 – Theft of property or services valued more than $5,000, a trade secret, incendiary device, or a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Penalties can include up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
- Property valued more than $35,000 or Firearm – Theft of property or services valued more than $35,000, theft of firearm at any value, or theft valued over $35,000 with aggravating circumstances such as fraud, deception, or a vulnerable adult victim. Penalties can include up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines.
Theft Related Charges in Minnesota
Regardless of the circumstances related to the theft and charges you may be facing, having an experienced legal attorney is crucial to guarantee that your rights are preserved. The qualified team at the Law Office of Judith Samson is ready to help anyone in need of legal assistance and criminal defense in misdemeanor or felony charges related to theft in Minnesota.
Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Judith Samson
With over 20 years of experience, Judith Samson and her team work tirelessly to provide a welcoming and trustworthy environment while preparing the defense case for her clients, always providing honest and straightforward options with realistic outcomes.
Call (612) 333-8001, email us at [email protected] or complete the online form. Our phones are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Judith Samson represents people throughout the State of Minnesota and can meet you anywhere, anytime.
Protecting Your Rights: Free Case Consultation
If you or a member of your family is in need of a criminal defense attorney, please understand that time is of the essence. You must have a attorney at your side, in your corner the moment you find yourself facing criminal charges. Judith A. Samson is available to meet with you at your convenience to discuss your case and what strategic options are available to you in the way of a defense. There is no charge whatsoever for an initial consultation with Judith. Moreover, she understands how devastating criminal charges can be for your and your family.